Worshippers in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Facebook, National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka
South Asia

Sri Lankan church stoned and Christians threatened

A stoning attack on a church and incidents of anti-Christian fly-posting have been documented by evangelicals in Srik Lanka. Accounts of persecution compiled by the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka in late March and early April recorded several new incidents, adding to the ongoing pattern of persecution and church attacks. The pastor […]

Images after the Easter Monday attack in Quetta
South Asia

Two killed in Quetta church shooting

Two Christians died and four others were seriously injured on Sunday 15 April when attackers on motorbikes opened fire on worshippers leaving a church service in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta. The latest terror attack follows a similar shooting on Easter Monday (2 April 2018), when armed men on a motorcycle […]

Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk. Photo credit: Pakistan Ministry of Law and Justice
South Asia

Pakistan court rules citizens must declare religion when applying for government jobs or IDs

All Pakistani citizens must declare their religion when applying for identity documents or government jobs, according to a 9 March ruling of the Islamabad High Court. Human rights activists argue that this will create another opportunity for the government to discriminate against minorities. Human Rights Watch has condemned the ruling for attacking […]

Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab who was shot dead after raising the plight of Aasia Bibi. Photo credit: Wikipedia
South Asia

Pakistan Senate calls for punishments for false “blasphemy” allegations

Punishments should be imposed for false ‘blasphemy’ allegations, according to a key recommendation from the Pakistan Senate’s influential Special Committee on Human Rights earlier this month. The Committee also said that anyone wishing to register a case of blasphemy with the police should bring multiple witnesses. Lawmakers stressed however that they were […]